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What is the Difference Between Micronized and Nano-sized Zinc Oxide?

Did you know that neither the FDA nor the cosmetic science industry have a formal definition for nano-size zinc oxide? Its interpretation varies widely within the industry. BASF’s Z-COTE®, a popular supplier of microfine zinc oxide powders for sunscreen and mineral makeup, considers 200 nanometers as the upper limit. Micronisers’s Microsun™ nanosized zinc oxide powders […]

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Zinc Oxide Sunscreen and Diaper Rash Ointment

Another common question from the perceptive readers… So what’s the difference between a zinc oxide based sunscreen and diaper rash ointment? Not much! Just marketed differently. The main difference is in the base. Diaper rash ointments have little to no water content and sunscreen base usually has water listed as the first ingredient. If it’s […]

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Simple Oatmeal Facial Cleanser

Oat grains have so many wonderful qualities that make them ideal as a daily facial cleanser. Used in the form of flour, they cleanse your face without the drying effects associated with soap. As with any flour, oatmeal flour absorbs oils readily along with other impurities. It also acts as a gentle exfoliator leaving your […]

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Finding and Creating that Perfect Lotion for Your Skin Condition

First off, I’m not a dermatologist. But I have visited plenty of them in my youth and now again, for my daughter’s eczema. Not much has changed. The dermatologist usually sends me home with a ton of samples of topical ointments and creams or sells me a product “to try”. I got the same advice […]

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All-Natural Diaper Cream with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antifungal and antimicrobial properties and is ideal for making diaper rash cream. Using less beeswax and an oil that’s saturated at room temperature, this recipe yields a smooth, pudding-like consistency. It is not as thick as the original diaper rash cream yet still plasters on easy. I still prefer to store in […]

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My All-Time Favorite Lotion Recipe

When I make lotion for our family, I definitely use the weight method (as opposed to volume). I also use coconut oil. It makes a wonderful moisturizer and also has many other health benefits besides in skin care.

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Natural Insect Repellent

This all-natural insect spray is easy to make, smells great, and is safe for kids. You can find all the ingredients at most grocery, health food, or drug store. Here in Austin, I’ve found them all at Whole Foods and Central Market. Ingredients witch hazel extract citronella essential oil peppermint essential oil Directions fill a […]

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Make Your Own All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream

A diaper rash ointment is simply a cream with zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Zinc oxide is a naturally ocurring mineral. When used to treat diaper rash, it creates a barrier that keeps moisture and other irritants from your baby’s skin. Over-the-counter diaper rash creams contain anywhere from 10% to 40% zinc oxide (by […]

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How to Make a Moisturizing Lotion with Only 3 Ingredients

Ever wondered which ingredient makes up the largest percentage in lotions? Water! If you look at the ingredients list on product labels, you will notice that water is almost always listed first, meaning it is the most predominant ingredient in the product. And, it is also ‘free’ and readily available. So what all are you […]

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